While asking students for their thoughts on Ms. Shen’s retirement and reflections on their time being Chinese language students, we collected way more than we could use in any story. Rather than let information go to waste, below is a collection of quotes and thoughts from students. If you want to have your thoughts added to the collection below, please email: AlyLakhaney@gmail.com
Noah Levine, ’09
I took Chinese since the 7th grade and it was always a struggle for me. Ms. Shen would take the initiative to help me anytime, all the time. By 11th grade, Chinese wasn’t getting any easier. But Ms. Shen never gave up on me, even when she wasn’t my language teacher then. She helped me out everyday after school for the upcoming regents. We worked for hours and she was always very patient with me. At the end of it all, I passed the regents thanks to her guidance. I couldn’t have done it without her. I truly appreciate Ms. Shen and what she did for me.
Malorie Mo, ’09
You were a very important BSGE family member to me during my years at the school. I remember meeting you for the first time as my advisor and you welcomed us with such a warm, motherly heart, always taking the time to guide and support us as new students in the school.
A defining trait every staff member at BSGE has is their dedication to the wellbeing of students both inside and outside of school. The care and extra mile every staff member is willing to go for the students is a quality every educator should aspire to have. I firmly believe every public school teacher should learn from each of you at BSGE. We have you and all the other staff members to thank for the success of BSGE and its students.
You took on multiple roles throughout my years at BSGE – as my advisory teacher, my MYP project advisor, language teacher and my personal favorite, a mother to all. Whenever I had problems and came to you for guidance, you never hesitated to take time out of your schedule to comfort me. When I scored a 7 on the IB exam, you were happier than I was and held me in tears – it was all thanks to you, but you thanked me instead. I will never forget that moment when you were more proud of me than my own biological parents. Visiting you at BSGE after I graduated was always bittersweet – always happy to see you but sad that I’m no longer your student.
My years spent at BSGE were among the most challenging years of my academic career (so far) but also the most valuable. You’ve touched my life as an educator, advisor and mother. “Choose the job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” is clearly seen through you. There was never a dull moment in your class and you taught us a lot more than just Chinese. Thank you for being such an important contributor to my life. You will be truly missed in the BSGE family! It was an honor to be your student.
Samantha Calpo ’14
As one of the most dedicated and caring teachers I have had in my entire academic career, Ms. Shen and her candor and compassion allowed my entire Chinese class, and even the greater Class of 2014, to come together and combine learning about the Chinese culture with enjoying the work that we did. She never hesitated to provide for us extra help and guidance and, for me, that included educational and personal mentorship that I will long remain appreciative of. It was a privilege and definitely a pleasure to be one of her many students throughout the years, and I wish her the best of luck in her future plans!
Ariel Friedman ’10
Ms. Shen was more than just a teacher to me. She was a friend. A person you can talk to about anything…I’m happy to hear of her retirement, she’s earned it.
That poor lady had to deal with me for 6 years. Thank you for everything Ms. Shen, your teaching techniques made learning a language as difficult as Chinese a lot easier. You will truly be missed, Bsge won’t be the same place without you.